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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Can I Haz Trivia?

posted by on May 14 at 15:35 PM

Which bars around town have good trivia nights? And by good, I mean easy. And by easy I mean the questions are exclusively about comic books, Star Wars and zombie movies.

Also, which Capitol Hill bars do trivia?


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The Vomit, I mean The Comet... May 20th is the next

Posted by KELLY O | May 14, 2008 3:41 PM

Murphy's in Wallingford, Old Peculiar in Ballard. Or they used to.

Posted by Fnarf | May 14, 2008 3:42 PM

Back in the day, Finn McCool's trivia night was pretty close to what you were describing, but I haven't gone in a couple of years. "What was the name of the female ghost in Pac-Man?" type stuff.

Clever Dunne's trivia night was pretty fun too. The Irish Emigrant's trivia was really, really hard (you would really have had to have a knowledge of '90s international sports).

Posted by chuchu | May 14, 2008 3:44 PM

The Old Peculiar on Tuesdays at 8 is great. There's rotating hosts but usually all have a strong nerd bias. I have yet to find the mythical trivia holy land that only asks questions about Star Wars.

Posted by madamecrow | May 14, 2008 3:45 PM

Montlake Ale has trivia on Wednesdays, 8:00 pm. They've been know to cover comics, Star Wars, and Chuck Norris movies.

Posted by SP | May 14, 2008 3:47 PM

We *must* team up!

Posted by Jonathan Golob | May 14, 2008 3:48 PM

I miss those old NTN bar trivia games... wonder why I've never seen one in Seattle?

Posted by unwelcomed | May 14, 2008 3:52 PM

@4- I used to HOST just such a magical nerd trivia, but I don't anymore.

Posted by Jonah S | May 14, 2008 3:53 PM

@4: isn't that bar in Ballard, though?

Posted by Brian | May 14, 2008 3:56 PM

Tuesday Nights at Clever Dunnes.


First place is $40... at least last time I went.

Posted by Jeremy from Seattle | May 14, 2008 3:57 PM

The Hopvine on 15th has trivia once a month...

Posted by Anna | May 14, 2008 3:58 PM

Yeah, it's not on the Hill, but Norm's in Fremont has a not-too-hard one and great happy hour prices at the same time. Thursday nights.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | May 14, 2008 4:00 PM

Clever Dunnes is good times on Tuesday

Posted by bobcat | May 14, 2008 4:01 PM

In north Seattle:

Friday nights at the Monkey Pub, with your host, Alexander Bitchcock: "turn in your fuckers!" This is the most fun trivia in town.

Tuesday nights at Cooper's: good grilled cheese sandwiches; hard questions.

Monday nights at Kate's Pub: amiable yet efficient, medium difficulty.

Posted by Big Adventure Steve | May 14, 2008 4:07 PM

@7 Chili's on Lake Union has, or used to have, NTN Trivia. Friends and I used to go there during the Great Unemployment of 2001 for happy hour and trivia. Not that Chili's is any good, but it was cheap food, drink, and entertainment.

Posted by NaFun | May 14, 2008 4:10 PM

A friend keeps trying to get me to the Great Nabob on Queen Anne, but unless it's exclusively teen lit, indie rock, Joss Whedon, and Slog trivia, I might be useless.

Posted by Jessica | May 14, 2008 4:12 PM
17 does not seem to be very up to date. We tried to go to trivia at T.S. McHugh's last night on their suggestion and it had been discontinued for the summer.

Posted by w7ngman | May 14, 2008 4:13 PM

The Wedgwood Broiler, Sundays 9:30. It's crazy easy to beat all the baby boomers and wells are like $2.50.

Posted by James | May 14, 2008 4:14 PM

The Old Pequliar's trivia is awful. I'd rather be waterboarding.

Posted by egid | May 14, 2008 4:16 PM

Scary Tyler Moore and I are available to help your team, for a price. Always for a price...

Posted by wisepunk | May 14, 2008 4:25 PM

Murphy's food is bad, and their trivia selection is lame. I know the Homeland Security people are horrible at the borders, but you can get the fuck out of Capitol Hill once in a poofie while.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | May 14, 2008 4:26 PM

I am still searching for the holy grail: trivia with wings. Good wings, not shitty wingdome.

The internet has proved useless in finding this combo.

Posted by Original Monique | May 14, 2008 4:27 PM

I'm partial to the Old Pequliar, since I host the first Tuesday of each month, but no one pub's going to be to everyone's taste.

You might want to check out the All-Star Pop Culture Trivia at Jillian's, though, as it's all pop culture, which probably includes Star Wars and comic books. Next season starts tomorrow night. I've yet to go, but I'd really like to try it out.

Kate's is good. Mulleady's in Magnolia is good. The George & Dragon is hard but fun.

Posted by James | May 14, 2008 4:34 PM

@21—For the millionth time, I don't live on Capitol Hill. Sometimes it's fun to go do stuff after work though without having to drive back up to the north end.

Posted by Jonah S | May 14, 2008 4:39 PM

@17: pretty much relies on people letting them know about quizzes that have started and stopped. I tried to go to Talarico's for trivia once when it had closed up -- QuizNight took the info down when I emailed 'em.

@19: As someone who hosts at the OP, I'm honestly interested in why it sucks. Especially if I was hosting when it did.

Posted by James | May 14, 2008 4:52 PM

The Comet's trivia is the best and funnest in town. The host is dreamy and the crowd is encouraged to throw things at anyone and everyone, because, after all, what's the point of losing if you can't take it out on someone?

And for all the smartypants at the Stranger (located a block away), how come no one ever bothers to show up? Bawk bawk bawk?

May 20th is the next one. Every other Tuesday thereafter. 9pm. $10/team. Winner gets $$$ and maybe a t-shirt(s).

Posted by shamemaker | May 14, 2008 4:56 PM

@12 is right. Norm's is pretty good.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 14, 2008 5:02 PM


$10???? That's crack prices!

I dig the Comet, and I wouldn't mind playing trivia there, but I'm just not willing to shell out that kind of dough to play trivia.

Posted by Jonah S | May 14, 2008 5:07 PM

Trivia at Fado is pretty easy, but on the nights I've gone, no one -- the host, the players, the staff -- seems to be having much fun. There's no sassiness, and some of the questions are truly trivial. (Example: "In what year was Toys for Tots founded?")

My recommendation for a place that's awesome and also happens to be on the hill is Clever Dunnes. The hosts do their best to make sure players have a good time and/or get drunk, and while there's the occasional "who the fuck would know that?" question, most rounds have a little something for everyone. And it's free. Every Tuesday at 9.

Posted by Kalakalot | May 14, 2008 5:36 PM

I've heard Wildrose started a trivia nights on Mondays. Keep meaning to go, but keep forgetting til it's too late.

Posted by Enigma | May 14, 2008 5:36 PM



That's not outrageous if you have friends who come along with you. Especially when you all split the winnings.

Posted by shamemaker | May 14, 2008 6:38 PM

you can play pop-culture trivia at jillian's in south lake union. it's a league, so you can build points over the season, or just show up and play for a night. $10 for up to 6 people on team. the season starts tomorrow night!

it's a pretty fun trivia night. it can be very challenging, though.

Posted by teddy b | May 14, 2008 7:28 PM

Clever Dunne's is only good if the Reverend is presiding over the chaos. It goes a bit too long...usually past 11pm. I should be in my jammies by then.

Posted by Rotten666 | May 14, 2008 7:42 PM

Go to the Wedgwood Broiler, and order a Viceroy.

Trust me.

Posted by John | May 15, 2008 7:39 AM

@8 - Jonah Jonah Jonah pleeeeaaaasseeee bring back your nerd trivia, holy god that would be awesome.

And to actually contibute, we ended up at the Ballroom in Fremont on Trivia night by accident, and the questions seemed really easy - smart people could totally roll in and destroy the blonde girls and fratty boyfriends in attendance.

Posted by Tom C. | May 15, 2008 9:38 AM

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